The wait has been longer than usual, but it is almost over: Ghana’s biggest music night finally arrives tonight Friday, June 25, 2021, as the 22nd annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) honor the best music and musicians of this past year.
The first day will feature a glamorous red-carpet session, award presentations in mostly technical categories, and performances from some of the best artist on bill. Day two will have public category awards where the main action is and will also feature a red-carpet session and performances.
As it has been for the past few years, this year’s festivities will take place at the Grand Arena Dome of the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC). It is unclear as to exactly what the show will look like, but organizers, Charter House, promises COVID-19 safety precautions will be maintained and the capacity of the venue will not be utilized fully as social distancing measures will be ensured strictly.
The VGMA22 will air live on DSTV Channels 150-Akwaaba TV, Sound City, RokGh, and on local channel TV3 at 8 p.m. GMT tonight, starting with the red carpet show then later to the main event. You can also stream live on MTV Base, or Charter House-YouTube live or Ghana Music Awards on Facebook.
With Giovanni Caleb and Sika Osei hosting the VGMA Xperience Concert, it likely the two will stand tall on the stages of the two nights as the MCs for the show.
Who is performing at the VGMA?
With the adoption of the VGMA Unsung initiative, the selected Unsung talent who happens to be Nancy, will be one of the opening artists. Viewers will also be privileged to experience mind blowing performances from Bethel Revival Choir, Dope Nation, Dead Peepol, Eno Barony, Kwesi Arthur, Efya, Kidi, Epixode, Yaa Yaa, Sista Afia and the magical love doctor, Okyeame Kwame.
Other artists performing live are Kofi Jamar, Yaw Tog of the Kumerica wave, Mr. Drew, Medikal, Adina, Kuami Eugene, Joe Mettle, Diana Hamilton, Cina Soul, Larruso, Kofi Kinaata, and Fameye,
Who wins VGMA22?
The Artist of the Year category has always been a difficult one to crack and this year presents another hot challenge. It presents a mixture of two artist who have been on the winning end of this particular category and four others who are not necessarily in this category for the first time but are yet to grab the crown. The reigning Artist of the Year, Kwame Eugene, is in there against two times winner (2010, 2012) Sarkodie who is hoping to grab it for the third time.
Other strong contenders in that category include female superpower, Adina, reigning Gospel Artist of the Year, Diana Hamilton, High Life sensation, KiDi and rap monster, Medikal. These are the artists hoping to win it for the first time in their music careers.
Who wins Best African Artist?
Another category that usually gets a lot of attention at the VGMAs over the years is the African Artist of the Year. This year, that category has been massively dominated by Nigerian artists, five out of the six contenders are Nigerians with three faces being popular to this category; Davido, Wizkid and Burna Boy. The only non-Nigerian in this category is a South African by name Master KG, who will be competing for the first time in this category against equally first timers; Fireboy DML and Omah Lay.
Before you make your guess for who walks away with the award tonight, it will interest you to know however that currently holding onto that award is Burna Boy and he is coming back into this category just few months after grabbing a Grammy Award, with his Twice as Tall Studio Album.
Not forgetting the strong input of Davido and Wizkid in the year under review and the strong grounds Omah Lay has gain in the country recently. This category seems to be hottest this year.